TAYLOR, B.C. – The Gold Panning Championships were a success in Taylor this year, seeing many areas where money was saved and enjoyment all together.
There were 22 juvenile competitors according to Sheena Taliefer, something she says is very exciting because it means a lot of families are coming to the event. She did say some of the children were to small, and they plan on making a minimum age for next years participants.
There was also a major change to the meal situation at the event. Usually, it was a steak dinner, but this year, it was chili and buns, something Taliefer says went extremely well and saved them a lot of money.
“We were losing money on the steak dinner in the past. We decided to try chili and buns. Instead of paying per plate, we paid for the food we used, so this year it only cost us $360.”
They usually were paying $2500 to $3000 a year for the steak dinner. She says the chili and buns dinner was well received overall. It is something they will continue with next year.
There was also no movie night as they couldn’t get anyone to actually do the movie night, with one company bailing at the last minute.
They instead had the opportunity to sit around the campfire and interact with people. Something Councillors said was great compared to watching a movie and not interacting.
They ended up having 2 silver sponsors, and 3 major sponsors which were: Spectra, EGS and the North Peace Savings and Credit Union which gave a total of $6500 just from those 3.
Considering the economy, the District of Taylor was very excited with the outcome of this years event.